I'm planning on taking a one way roadtrip from LA to Chicago the second week of January. I am allowing about 8 days for the trip total and I was hoping to make a few stops on the way and see the sights. I'm willing to take the southern route (66 or I40 through AZ, NM, TX, OK, MO etc.) and I have heard this is the preferred route during the winter however, I have been wanting to stop by some of the parks in eastern Utah (Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Arches) and see the Rockies and Denver.
So I personally would prefer to take the Northern Route via I40 to Flagstaff and then take the 89, 160, 163 and 191 North to I 70 and take that across Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.
Is this northern route easily doable/ worth it in January Or should I just take the southern route? Any advice would be helpful. I’m particularly worried about driving over the Rockies and through Nebraska and Iowa this time of year.
Thanks a lot!